In a lengthy and revealing post on Monday, Justin Bieber detailed the pressures of fame, the poor choices he has made, and how he found a path out of the darkness. The singer took to Instagram to share his essay, explaining how the quick rush of fame as a young child thrust him into a world he wasn’t yet ready for.
“It’s hard to get out of bed in the morning with the right attitude when you are overwhelmed with your life, your past, job, responsibilities, emotions, your family, finances, your relationships,” he began the confessional post, outlining his own struggles. “When it feels like there’s trouble after trouble, you start foreseeing the day through lenses of “dread” and anticipate another bad day. A cycle of feeling disappointment after disappointment. Sometimes it can even get to the point where you don’t even want to live anymore.”
Bieber continues on about the pressure and responsibility of being a child star, especially one without a stable family structure ready to guide you through. “I went from a 13 year old boy from a small town to being praised left and right by the world with millions saying how much they loved me and how great I was,” he adds. “I don’t know about you but humility comes with age. You hear these things enough as a young boy and actually start believing it.”
By the age of 20, Bieber says he made “every bad decision you could have thought of,” as he describes the turn in public opinion and the massive ups and downs he was faced with. At 19 he turned to heavy drugs, became disrespectful and angry in relationships and found himself, “hiding behind a shell of a person that I had become.”
Justin explains that it took him years to bounce back and change his habits, but he did it with the help of “extraordinary people” who loved him.
“All this to say, even when the odds are against you keep fighting,” he writes in closing.
You can read the full text from Justin Bieber below.
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